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Shellenberger Says Gaines Shooting ‘Justifiable,’ Family Outraged

September 21st, 2016 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger has ruled out charging any of the police officers who responded to the August 1 standoff in Randallstown, where 23-year-old Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by police.  

"We have ruled that this is a justifiable shooting and no criminal charges will be filed against any of the officers involved," Shellnberger told WBAL NewsRadio 1090.

However, in a press conference after their meeting with prosecutors, attorneys for Gaines' family and her son Kodi, also injured in the shooting, decried the decision.

"He was afraid for the life of his partner who wasn't in the firled of view of Korryn Gaines," said attorney J. Wyndal Gordon, "So what we have here is a rogue police officer who wasn't in fear of anything but was frustrated Korryn did not surrender with sufficient [speed]."

Gordon attended the meeting and subsequent press conference with a Colin Kaepernick jersey underneath his suit jacket. That's the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has drawn controversy for kneeling during the national anthem, doing so in protest of the nation's treatment of African-Americans.

Police say Gaines had pointed a shotgun at officers for more than five hours in a standoff which began when police arrived to serve warrants on both her and her live-in boyfriend.

Her 5-year-old son was wounded in the shootout, begun by an officer.

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